The 12 week course is for any woman interested in learning more about the effects of domestic abuse and, in particular, for women who experience or have experienced domestic abuse.
Courses, in this current situation, are taking place online via Zoom: a video conferencing platform. Each group meeting is on for an hour a week. There are various different time slots for groups; they'll discuss with participants which works best for them upon referral.
Participants will need an Internet connection, plus a smartphone, tablet, or a computer to use Zoom. They can help them set Zoom up.
Note: an online group would not be safe for someone who is in isolation with their abuser.
Security has been a major part of their planning. They’ve taken advice from the SCVO and NCSC. They will be using the highest security levels and practices within Zoom to ensure safety and privacy during Freedom online, and put participants' minds at ease. The measures they've taken can be seen below:
They will pre-screen participants
New codes and passwords used for each session
A waiting room is enabled
Screen/document sharing will only be done by facilitators
Recording is disabled
They'll always the use latest patched version of zoom
They don’t publish codes and passwords, but send to them to participants directly (the same precautions we would take with the time and venue details of the normal groups)
TO REFER (service providers and individuals)
There is no formal assessment process. Upon application, they contact each woman for an informal chat to ensure the group is right for them.